It's all on tape
They are the tapes that everyone is waiting to see.
And right now, they are sitting on a chair, in an envelope, in Lieutenant-Commander William Kuebler's office.
Kuebler, is Omar Khadr's American lawyer. Both he and Khadr's Canadian lawyers now have video recordings of interviews done with Khadr in 2003 and 2004.
They have been released by the Canadian government as per a decision of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Khadr's lawyers will take the weekend to look over the tapes and see what parts they want to release publicly. It may be all, it may be bits and pieces, but it is not expected until some time early next week.
But, we already have a pretty good idea of what's on them because of documents released a few days ago.
They will show a teenager being questioned about his actions during a firefight along the Pakistani border in Afghanistan.
Khadr is alleged to have thrown a grenade that killed an American solider. There will be detailed questions about his family, who have ties to al-Qaeda.
But the video will also show Khadr as erratic and upset. In the descriptions of the video he breaks down crying on a number of occasions. The documents also say he pleads with Canadian officials to be "protected from the Americans."
At times he accepts food that is brought to him, other times he refuses it.
Sometimes he cooperates with questions and sometimes he does not.
If released, the videos will show the beginning of Khadr's physical transformation as he becomes a young man. Up to now, the photos of Khadr have been limited to seeing him at a very young age.
He is described in documents as "physically matured" and a bit taller. At one point during the video he strikes body-building poses in front of a two-way mirror.
But for now all of this is only a description of the videos. Those that have seen versions of them describe them as "powerful."
Seeing Khadr being questioned, at times, toughly questioned, is what his lawyers want Canadians to see. Their goal here is to have him repatriated and tried in the Canadian justice system. Their hope is that the video tapes will help them in this bid.
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